Tyra Banks is a native of Los Angeles and began her television career as an actress with recurring roles in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "Felicity." She starred in the Disney made-for-television movie, "Life Size". Tyra's film experience includes leading roles in John Singleton's "Higher Learning" and Jerry Bruckheimer's "Coyote Ugly".
Tyra began her modeling career in Europe and evolved into a world-renowned supermodel who has become a pioneer in the industry. She was the first African-American woman to grace the covers of GQ, Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue and the Victoria's Secret catalog. In 1997, she received the prestigious Michael Award for Supermodel of the Year. She later secured an exclusive contract with Victoria's Secret. In addition, Banks has been contracted by Swatch and Cover Girl, and has appeared in ad campaigns for Nike, Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and Dolce & Gabbana.
Tyra also authored "Tyra's Beauty Inside & Out", published by Harper Collins (1998).
Tyra founded T-Zone, an annual weeklong summer camp experience for teenage girls designed to enhance independence and self-esteem. In addition, Banks has established "The Tyra Banks Scholarship," a fund that grants African-American girls the opportunity to attend her alma mater, Immaculate Heart High School, an all-girls private school in Los Angeles.
Tyra is creator and executive producer of "America's Next Top Model" which currently airs on UPN. She is also the founder of Ty Ty Baby Productions.
For more details on Tyra's film and TV career, visit the filmography page.